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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Houston City Council today voted 15-2, with Mayor Sylvester Turner and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen opposed, to adopt a Tax Year 2017 tax rate of $.584210 per $100 of taxable value.

The figure is a decrease from the current tax rate of $.58642, as stated in an approved amendment submitted by Council Member Mike Knox.

Prior to the vote, the city council held a lengthy discussion with City Controller Chris Brown and former Finance Director Kelly Dowe. Listen (1:38:56)

The city council voted unanimously to approve a list of amendments to the 2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan and authorize publication of the 2017 MTFP map.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for registration holds for outstanding warrants for failure to pay a fine by vehicles owners with delinquent traffic moving violations.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Harris County Department of Education for the CASE for Kids City Connections Program.

The city council voted 16-0-1, with Larry Green out of the room and not voting, to supplement Master Ordinance Number 2004-299, providing for the issuance of Combined Utility System Subordinate Lien Revenue Bonds.

The supplement authorizes bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $84 million. The bonds will be privately placed with the Texas Water Development Board.

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing votes to the following two items:

  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the Miscellaneous Large Diameter Water Line Improvements Package 1 Project.
  • Ordinance amending Ordinance Number 2017-237 to include the acquisition of two additional parcels for the Chelford City Diversion Package 1 Lift Station Project from the 13000 block of West Park Drive to the 13000 block of Richmond Avenue.

The city council used the tag rule to delay the following three items:

  • Approve various awards in an amount not to exceed $32,028,976.70 for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Debris Removal Services for the Solid Waste Management Department, tagged by Greg Travis and Robert Gallegos.
  • Ordinance releasing certain territory consisting of approximately 33.5 acres of land in Waller County, adjacent to the City of Prairie View, Texas, located near the intersection of James Muse Parkway and US Highway 290, from the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston, tagged by Brenda Stardig.
  • Ordinance relating to the Fiscal Affairs of the Hardy/Near Northside Redevelopment Authority on behalf of Reinvestment Zone Number Twenty-One, City of Houston, Texas (Hardy/Near Northside Zone); approving the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget for the Authority and the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan Budget for the Zone, tagged by Edwards.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

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